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Flight Safety Foundation

Welcome to the blog of the Flight Safety Foundation. The Foundation is always up to something and here is a great place to see what we are doing.

All the FSF directors and the CEO will be blogging. so come by often to keep up!

September 18, 2014 1:16 pm

FSF and the ATTF

Work continues to progress in Montreal with the Aircraft Tracking Task Force. FSF CEO Jon Beatty traveled to IATA earlier this week to participate in the latest meetings. FSF is proud to be a part of this important work and we are looking foward to hearing an update at IASS 2014 from Kevin Hiatt, the chair of this task force.

June 27, 2014 1:00 pm

Congratulations to Christopher Hart

The Flight Safety Foundation congratulates Christopher Hart for his recent nomination to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. With his years of experience on the NTSB board and his background in aviation safety at the Federal Aviation Administration, we are pleased that he has been nominated to this important position and encourage his quick confirmation. We look forward to working with him and the rest of the NTSB on the safety issues facing the aviation industry.

June 11, 2014 7:10 am

Jon talks Airborne Conflict

Yesterday in Brussels, FSF CEO Jon Beatty gave a talk about the importance of studying airborne conflict. He also announced the airborne conflict has been added as one of FSF's key focus areas for 2014.

October 14, 2013 11:45 am

FSF is going to NBAA

FSF will be at NBAA again this year. You can stop by and hang out at our booth (#N1416). You can also attend one of the two panels in which we are participating. Unfortunately, both panels are at the same time so you can only pick one. Panel one below includes FSF President and CEO, Kevin Hiatt. Panel two includes Chairman of the FSF Business Advisory Committee Peter Stein.

Both are at 10:30am on Tuesday, October 22.

The Perfect Storm: Continuing to Address the Business Aviation Talent Shortage

October 14, 2013 11:26 am

FSF Statement on the Need to re-open the FAA's Aircraft Registration Branch

The Flight Safety Foundation has joined with a large cross section of aviation industry stakeholders, including trade groups, corporations, operators, and safety professionals, to call for the funding and reopening of the FAA’s Aircraft Registration Branch. This registry provides a chain of evidence for all aircraft transactions in the U.S. that ensures that proper procedures and maintenance have been followed in order to ensure the airworthiness of the aircraft.

July 30, 2013 11:59 am

FSF Statement on Approaches to SFO

Due to recent events at San Francisco International Airport, the FAA has instituted additional landing guidelines for foreign carriers. FSF is concerned that the FAA is singling out foreign carriers unnecessarily due to an increased number of go-arounds.  This increase is not reason enough to implement these new guidelines. A go-around is a standard operating procedure to be used as a result of an unstabilized approach and should not be used to single out foreign air carrier pilots.

June 26, 2013 1:14 pm

FSF General Counsel Ken Quinn Addresses International Audience in Costa Rica

In remarks at the 4th Pan American Aviation Safety Summit in San Jose, Costa Rica, FSF General Counsel  Ken Quinn said that "It's become readily apparent that legal regimes are lagging far behind in protecting an ever-increasing amount of safety information that is being gathered, shared, and analyzed, which is critical to saving lives.

June 11, 2013 10:59 am

Jerry Lederer Says...on criminalization....

In 1979, Jerry grappled with an issue that is much discussed now at the highest international levels - pros and cons of punishment for achieving discipline in aviation.

"Discipline is essential in the conduct of hig-risk ventures," Lederer stated in a paper written in 1979. "Punishment for the consequences of undisciplined operation or for a failure in judgment is usually based on the expected conduct of a model airman who does not exist in real life."

June 7, 2013 8:26 am

Jerry Lederer Says...

Did you know that Jerry Lederer was the original author of the Mechanic's Creed? He wrote it in 1941. Here is it, in full:

Upon my honor, I swear that I shall hold in sacred trust the rights and privileges conferred upon me as a certified mechanic. Knowing full well that the safety and lives of others are dependent upon my skill and judgment, I shall never knowingly subject others to risks which I would not be willing to assume for myself or those dear to me.

June 3, 2013 1:17 pm

Jerry Lederer Says...

We're starting a new feature this month in our blog - a periodic look at FSF history, through the eyes of our founder - Jerry Lederer.

"When word got around that I was starting up [the precursor of] Flight Safety Foundation, some people said that I should not get into this stuff, that I would be sitting on a keg of dynamite, that it would ruin my career and that safety was not a saleable object - shows you how safety was a hard sell in those days. You mentioned safety and you scared people away. That is the big thing that I had to overcome..."

April 24, 2013 9:09 am

Kevin Hiatt to be guest speaker at ISASI Dinner

Come and hear Kevin Hiatt speak at the Spring 2013 Chapter Dinner for ISASI (Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter). Dinner is on May 2, reservations are due by Friday, April 26. Here is all the info - how to register, how much it costs, etc. We hope you all can make it!

March 12, 2013 2:24 pm

Dr. Demuren...

Dr. Harold Demuren was a vital agent for safety in Nigerian and African aviation. His efforts to improve the aviation system in Nigeria should be a model for the African states. We regret the actions of the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives as well as President Goodluck Jonathan in their removal of Dr. Demuren from his role as Director General of Civil Aviation. This decision failed to take into account his successful work in Nigeria and his international reputation as a true advocate for safety in Africa.


March 1, 2013 12:01 pm

Sequester and Safety...

With the sequester on track to kick in tonight, there are a great deal of unknowns facing the US in the months ahead. We are confident that the safety professionals at the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration and in the industry will continue to operate with the safety of flight as their primary focus. We may see delays or cancellations as the safety of operation is balanced against the availability of resources.


January 11, 2013 7:52 am

DOT, FAA, Boeing press conference this morning

The Flight Safety Foundation applauds the efforts of the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Boeing Company in their plan to do a comprehensive review of the certification as well as the design, manufacture and assembly of the 787 Dreamliner. This is the right thing to do and we look forward to the results. We also call on the FAA to examine the certification process from within and confirm that that process has kept pace with the technological innovations we are seeing in aviation.

December 19, 2012 1:32 pm

Note from Bill Voss...

December 4, 2012 11:20 am

Positive developments in Brazil on criminalization

It's an important step - some Brazilian officials are starting to raise the safety concerns of criminalization of accident investigations. We've been critical of Brazil over the years so it's important that we acknowledge this news and encourage these officials. The tragic mid-air collision in 2006 in Brazil still fresh on the minds and our deepest sympathies remain with the families and other loved ones of the victims of that terrible day.

November 29, 2012 7:39 am

FSF history with Concorde and Criminalization

FSF had been one of the leading voices fighting against the criminaliazation of aviation accidents and accident investiation for many years. Thought I would collect some of the highlights to help frame the big story today our of France.

We published this joint resolution in 2006 with the press release.

November 20, 2012 1:21 pm

FSF and ICAO - working together!

Very excited to announce that FSF and ICAO have formalized their information sharing agreement with a signed Memorandum of Cooperation. There was a signing ceremony in Montreal a little while ago. This has been in the works for awhile and opens up many new opportuntities. The release is here...

November 15, 2012 9:58 am

Re-done blog!

Really happy to see our blog has been "renovated." Expect to see more usage from the team at FSF now that the blog is user friendly.

June 19, 2012 6:28 am

FSF Congratulates NATCA on 25 years!

The Flight Safety Foundation congratulates NATCA on the 25th anniversary of its certification. “I was present at the constitutional convention when NATCA was formed in 1987 and have watched with pleasure as our nation’s controllers have done their jobs with professionalism and dedication,” stated FSF President and CEO Bill Voss.

August 4, 2011 10:05 am

Is it safe to fly while the FAA is partially shut down?

Bill Voss answers your question:



posted August 4, 2011

July 28, 2011 7:52 am

Asiana tragedy

"Anytime a plane goes down with a reported fire in the cargo hold, one of the first things we need to know is what was in the cargo hold and how was it being transported. This will be a key part of this investigation and probably some of the first questions asked. We’ve learned a lot about safely transporting hazardous materials over the decades but obviously there is still much to learn."


March 24, 2011 6:33 am

Some Points on the incident at Reagan National from Bill Voss

·         The incident at Reagan National was very unusual.    It didn’t create much of a real safety threat, but it does point out some things that may need to

January 19, 2011 7:29 am

Tragic regularity

There’s a reason why Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) is considered one of the leading killers in aviation. These accidents happen with tragic regularity. The recently released report from the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), Russia’s investigative body for aviation accidents, demonstrates that the dreadful accident last April that killed the president of Poland along with his wife and many other political leaders was sadly a textbook example of a CFIT accident.

December 6, 2010 8:43 am

FSF Statement on Concorde Verdict

“The Concorde criminal verdict announced today in France is a disappointment, but the fact that this trial was even held is the real concern.

October 25, 2010 6:41 am

Bill in Russia at GASR meeting

Bill Voss returned this weekend from Russia where he had been attending the Global Aviation Safety Roadmap meeting in St. Petersburg. There were two main themes of the meeting. The first was on better monitoring of foreign aircraft in a manner consistent with the European SAFA program. Bill is pleased to note that there were real steps taken in the effort to counter flights taken by aircraft with purposely confusing ownership, operations and regulatory oversight as many of these aircraft are operating for shady operators for shady reasons.

September 17, 2010 7:06 am

Proposed fatigue rules....

We’re really excited about the proposed fatigue rules – this is one of the most significant improvements of safety we’ve seen in years. We’re also hugely disappointed that with the finish line in sight, all these efforts put in by safety experts could be tossed aside because of some hasty reactions, based on bargaining pressures and mistrust instead of the science and facts. People need to take time and read it through. Looking at any one requirement in isolation is a mistake. The pieces play together to make one of the most thoughtful fatigue rules in the world.

May 5, 2010 2:20 pm

Bill's latest column

I sure hope you all read Bill's latest column in the current issue of ASW - here's the link to the piece. We'll wait for you to read it and come back...



He didn't pull any punches on this one. Hope that the industry - operators and regulators - are paying attention to this one....


posted May 5 by Emily...

March 30, 2010 10:22 am

FSF and CAAC partner up...

This week in Montreal, Billl Voss and Capt. Wang Zhaoming, Director General of the Office of Aviation Safety at the Civil Aviation Administration of China, met up to sign the memorandum of understanding that would formalize the agreement for the CAAC to translate AeroSafety World into Chinese each month. This version will be available on the FSF website. We've got a press release about this in the media section of the web page.


posted on March 30 by Emily



March 16, 2010 3:49 am

Opening panel got people talking...

As we expected, the opening panel kicked off EASS with a spirited discussion about presentations from Ken Quinn, FSF General Counsel, and Mike Ambrose, Director General of ERA. Both embraced the call for a multi-national accident investigation board in Europe. We've distributed a press release outlining their views - it will be posted on the FSF website soon. I think it is safe to say that this will be a topic of side conversations for the rest of the conference. Everyone in the room didn't agree with this idea.

posted by Emily, at EASS in Lisbon, March 16th.

March 15, 2010 8:57 pm

EASS kicks off in Lisbon

The 22nd annual European Aviation Safety Seminar kicked off Monday evening in Lisbon, Portgual. About 200 people are here for the meeting and ready for the main event to start Tuesday as the opening session kicks off at 9am. Folks are in for a bit of a surprise as the normal welcoming remarks are being supplemented with an honest look at criminalization policy in Europe.

No time like the present as the Concorde trial rolls on in France and the various aviation authorities begin to consider this issue. We'll have more about this on the FSF homepage in a few hours...

February 9, 2010 7:09 pm

Bill Voss on PBS/Frontline

CEO Bill Voss will be on Frontline tonight on PBS (WETA here in the DC area at 10pm). Check your local listings! Show is on regional airline safety. Should be interesting...


posted on 2/9

February 2, 2010 7:06 am

Concorde trial in France

The long-awaited Concorde trial has started in France. This is not something that the Foundation thinks is a very good idea. In fact, we've been talking for years about the threat that prosecutorial activity could have on aviation safety. Check out the Criminalization Resolution on the website - it's under the Archives and Resources button/Special Reports. Here's the direct link to make it even easier....


January 26, 2010 12:05 pm

FSF in Italy

Last week the Flight Safety Foundation had several busy days in Rome….conferences, high profile meetings, TV interview, and promotion of the 63rd IASS, to be held in Milan later this year, were all on the agenda for Bill Voss and Susan Lausch.

January 21, 2010 5:43 am

Where in world is Bill Voss?

Bill has headed out on another one of his international trips taking him to every corner of the globe. Today he is in Italy. He just met with the Defense Minster there to talk safety issues and is on his way to the next meeting. I bet he is dining really well in Rome!


posted by Emily, January 21

January 7, 2010 6:41 am

Wayne Rosenkrans recognition

Around here, we are keenly aware of the editorial talents of our publications department. If AeroSafety World isn’t on your must-read list, it should be. We are always proud when these talents are recognized outside of FSF.

December 2, 2009 11:44 am

Meetings in the office

The Technical Standard Team for our newly launched Basic Aviation Risk Standard project met today. It's chaired by Nick Sabatini. Looks like it's in good hands. Impressive group in our conference room!

Emily - Dec 2, 2009

November 4, 2009 4:36 pm

Update from China...

We're about halfway through the 62nd annual IASS and the reviews are great! Not sure of the final number of attendees at this point, because we had plenty of folks register on site, but the room is full. It's always great when we get to recognize accomplisments in aviation safety, and IASS is the setting for many of our annual awards. Check out the media center to read about these awards.

We're all finding the hospitality to be warm among our CAAC hosts and the staff of the Shangri-La. And finally the temperatures are rising outside to something more seasonable!

November 3, 2009 12:14 pm

IASS Update - Wednesday morning...

The seminar continues along with more than 300 folks here. We had a number of people register on-site and that kept Namratha and Penny jumping all day yesterday. We all tried to pitch in and help! Plenty of interesting papers have been presented a discussed so far with two more days ahead of us.

On Monday, we had the FSF Board meeting. I'm very excited to announce that the Board fo Governors elected a new Chair, Lynn Brubaker. We all spent time with her on Monday and Tuesday and are ready to get to work with her! Check out the media center on the home page to read all about her.

October 31, 2009 10:33 pm

IASS starts soon!

Unexpectedly, at least to me, there is a blizzard going in Beijing on the Sunday before IASS kicks off. Doesn't seem to be impacting arrivals as the hotel is starting to fill up. I'm starting to see some familiar faces in the lobby and hallways. They are forecasting at least 6 nches of snow today!

Emily from Beijing on Sunday...

October 26, 2009 6:19 am

Idaho Stateman Reports on Award to Ed Stimpson

This is a great story. Several FSF reps - Bill Voss and Board members Steve Atkins and Ken Quinn - traveled to Boise a couple of weeks ago to make the presentation of the FSF-Boeing Lifetime Achievement Award to Chairman Ed Stimpson. Here is the story in the Idaho Statesman. It really captures the day.


posted by Emily at 9:19 on Oct. 26

October 21, 2009 9:41 am


 Just made a brief stop at the National Business Aviation Association annual meeting in Orlando and found the manufacturers in that sector to be unanimous in their belief that their industry's decline stopped earlier this year and that business is slowly picking up, with an emphasis on the word "slowly." More details in next months AeroSafety World magazine.

J.A. Donoghue

October 19, 2009 8:38 am

Honeywell, FedEx, FSF and Bendix

Each year, the Foundation recognizes technological and innovative achievements in aviation safety with the FSF-Honeywell Bendix Trophy for Aviation Safety. I'm on my way from Orlando following the annual Honeywell briefing at NBAA. We announced the recipients of the Bendix at this briefing - it went to five members of the Strategic Projects Team in the Air Operations Division at FedEx for a new fire detection and suppression system. Head over the media center on the homepage to read the details....

Emily - October 19, from the Orlando Airport ...

October 14, 2009 10:34 am

FSF in Boise

Bill Voss traveled to Boise, Idaho today with FSF Board members Ken Quinn (General Counsel) and Steve Atkins (of Boeing) to present the FSF-Boeing Lifetime Achievement Award to past Chairman Ed Stimpson. Ed and his wife Dottie welcomed this crew, along with aviation and civic dignitaries from Boise, to their home for the ceremony this morning. No one who works in aviation safety isn't touched by the work of Ed. He has been involved in so many safety efforts and gives his time so generously that it only made sense to recognize his achievements with this award.

October 5, 2009 8:33 am

FSF Blogging

I'm thrilled that our blog is now up and running! Between this and Twitter and Facebook, we have many ways to let you all know what we are thinking and doing. As we mentioned before, all the directors and the CEO will be blogging. Bill even gets credit for the first official entry on the blog!

October 5, 2009 6:54 am

Call to Action??

I am more than a little disturbed by the news report from Airline Transport Intelligence News below:

FAA today said 30 airlines failed to respond with written commitments to use best practices as part of a "Call To Action" scheme launched by administrator Randy Babbitt earlier this year. Babbitt's requests of carriers was driven by enhanced scrutiny of US airlines following the fatal crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 in February. During public hearings after the crash questions were raised about pilot fatigue and training at regional airlines.